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Whats the point of lobbyists?

does anyone know what their original purpose was? what are they suppose to do & what do they actually do? how do they get their group's agenda passed? they seem to be shady dealers, so why cant they be done away with? are there lobbyists who arent dirty?

i should know this, but i guess i was sleeping during this part of govt class haha. and normally, i would just google this, but ive got a room to paint!

 
okmanders

Asked by okmanders at 1:35 PM on Jun. 4, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Many politicians get elected to office just to use it as a stepping stone to a lucrative lobbying career. Actually gemgem, the hotel you are referring to is the Willard Hotel that claimed people came to bend the ear of U.S. Grant. That actually isn't true even though it has been promoted as such. The term originated in Britain and referred to one of the lobbies in the House of Commons. The term was used there before it was here.

    Not all lobbying is bad. There are many lobbying groups that organize to protect themselves from the ever increasing interventions by Washington into our lives and businesses. Special interest groups are not all bad. The problem is the progressive idea that the government should serve the role of provider. There should be laws that prevent family members of congress people from lobbying and a lot of them do. There should also be a 5 year limit set for when a former congress member can
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 4:23 PM on Jun. 4, 2011

  • Whether it is for business, unions or non-profits, lobbyists are paid to promote the interests of their client in getting politicians to champion their causes...grants, increase or decrease regulation, change existing law or make law, increase quotas or decrease quotas...anything the political system can do help one special interest group or another. An honest politician will use lobbyists to increase his knowledge of what his constituency wants in his district to further his representation for the people that voted him in. A dishonest politician will exploit lobbyists of any stripe for just about anything that will ensure campaign contributions and kickbacks to feather his chances of reelection and ability to continue to enjoy the fruits of his dishonest representation. Term limits would help to minimize the dishonest representative or senator.
    annabarred

    Answer by annabarred at 3:49 PM on Jun. 4, 2011

  • become a lobbyist. 5 years should be enough for their ties they formed during their tenure to die out.
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 4:25 PM on Jun. 4, 2011

  • There was a show on the history channel and I happen to be a geek and watch those shows. What I remember (and its been awhile so I could have some wrong lol) is they literally started as people who waited in the lobby of a particular hotel where politician hung out at. They would go there and wine and dine with them and get their interests across to the politicians in an effort to get their interest looked at and eventually passed. This basically is the same today except obviously they are not meeting in the lobby of a hotel that I know of, but the point is basically the same.
    gemgem

    Answer by gemgem at 1:54 PM on Jun. 4, 2011

  • I find there to be absolutely no good reason for lobbyists to exist.

    You would if you looked into what some lobbying is for.
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 1:21 AM on Jun. 5, 2011

  • Ideally, they are a way for regular citizens to have their voices heard by the legislature without having to go through the courts. (3 ways - voting, lobbying, court system). The idea was that like minded people could band together and spend less money than it takes for one person to sue to challenge a law. Unfortunately, reality has made it more expensive than suing ever was, so it's even less accessible, not more.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 4:05 PM on Jun. 4, 2011

  • I find there to be absolutely no good reason for lobbyists to exist. I agree they should be banned.
    itsmesteph11

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 9:00 PM on Jun. 4, 2011

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